The Icarus Project

The Icarus Project

In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus escaped his earthly captivity with the assistance of bird-like wings until he flew too high, where the wings were destroyed by the heat of the sun. But to the international intelligence community, Icarus represented the opportunity to transport armies and their equipment with incredible scale and speed. It was a game changer for governments looking for ways to shift the balance of power, and no …continue…

The Angelia Project

The Angelia Project

In ancient Greek mythology, Angelia was the goddess of messages, tidings, and proclamations. But to the international intelligence community, Angelia was a Top Secret cyber war technology that could destroy nations. In a few short months, the struggle for this devastating weapon would inflame the Middle East, and bring the world to the brink of war. Chapter 1 Ninety minutes before his presentation with Eleftheria Karounos was to begin, Tom …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 27 of The Salacia Project

“Toward the back of the basement area, near the opening to the tunnel, was a room simply marked: AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY. Alarm will sound when this door is opened. Some employee who saw himself, or herself, as a comedian had attached a paper sign with transparent tape under the official sign, which warned: Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again!” A friend captured this image just outside a restricted area at a …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 17 of The Salacia Project

Abrishem Bridge

“There was no way to bribe their way through this situation in broad daylight and with all of the additional firepower. They would certainly be arrested, incarcerated, and executed. If they simply rammed the police vehicles and were successful in forcing their way through the checkpoints on both ends of the bridge, the Afghans would be in pursuit and the outcome would be only slightly better.” I captured this photo …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 17 of The Salacia Project

Somewhere in Iraq

“The repair area had a dirt floor, a workbench along the far wall, and an old overhead jib crane on a pedestal. One light bulb hung from a poorly insulated wire near the back of the room. Old parts and tractor carcasses were strewn about on the ground. In the center of the room was a broken down wooden shipping crate that looked as though it had initially contained tractor …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 17 of The Salactia Project

Russian helicopter

“What’s the useful payload of an Mi-8T?” Dawson wondered aloud. Following Dawson’s view, Winger caught sight of the helicopter. “About forty-five hundred pounds, fully fueled,” he said. “That would be just about perfect if we could get it.” He broke out in a grin. “Man, timing is everything.” “Can you fly one of those things?” Dawson asked. “Maybe,” was Winger’s disheartening reply, “but why would you want me to fly …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 15 of The Salacia Project

Afghan National Police

“On the Afghan side of the bridge, there was a single ANP pickup truck, one of the many thousand dark green Ford Rangers used by the Afghan National Police for patrols and transportation.” The green Ford Ranger pickup trucks with ANP (Afghan National Police) are everywhere in Afghanistan, especially in populous areas of the country. I captured this photograph in February 2011, and in it you can see ANP members …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 15 of The Salacia Project

Afghanistan Jingle truck

“About twenty kilometers north of Dawson’s position, Winger and Romero were driving south in a newly acquired jingle truck, a large farm truck extensively “pimped out” with gaudy paint jobs and ostentatious accoutrements draped over every visible surface. Jingle trucks originated in Pakistan, but rapidly became popular across many Middle Eastern countries in the 1990s. They became known as jingle trucks because of the jingling sound from the many chains …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 11 of The Salacia Project

Facility in Ziranj

“About a mile from the border, the Ziranj City Center was comparatively clean and modern. While not advanced in terms of technology, the city benefited from a reasonably consistent flow of electricity and clean water. Axis had no compound in Ziranj, but arrangements had been made for Dawson and his team to stay for a few days at a local hotel. The International Hotel in Ziranj was adjacent to the …continue…

Excerpt from Chapter 3 of The Salacia Project

Shura Tribal Leaders

“It reminded him of a meeting he had been involved in with the tribal elders in Marjeh, in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan back in 2010. They were seated around the perimeter of the room on cushions on the floor, cross-legged and facing inward from the walls. The elders looked as though they had come straight from the desert set of Ali Baba. Haggard, dressed in flowing tunics and turbans, …continue…